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Chris Kanich

Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Computer Science


Building & Room:

908 SEO


851 S. Morgan St, MC 152, Chicago, IL, 60607

Office Phone:



Chris Kanich joined the Computer Science department as faculty in 2012, and is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies. His research focuses on sociotechnical cybersecurity as well as algorithmic fairness, and has received over $5.5 million of government and private support. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award along with several research, teaching, and advising awards here at UIC. He has also served as a commissioner for the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission, on the board of the educational nonprofit Project:VISION, and is an active science communicator on YouTube and TikTok.


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2012

Professional Memberships

Research Currently in Progress

Cloudsweeper allows users to audit, encrypt, and redact sensitive information within cloud storage accounts. This project helps us better understand the role of cleartext password emailing, the underground value of stolen accounts, and new ways to improve the security of sensitive, globally accessible information.

The CRISP project is building a new web front end language and paradigm to enable rich document publishing while providing greatly increased privacy and security over traditional HTML/JS/CSS based sites.

Our Harm Measurement research effort aims to characterize and quantify the damage experienced by victims of cybercrime.